Fer.alby Aethyna Dec 29, 2020 | 1 Votes | 46 Played | 0 Reviews 10 rate Developed by the very studio behind the popular Animal Jam, Fer.al is a kid-friendly virtual world/MMO adventure game that features an expansive world to explore and lots of fun stuff to do, ranging from playing mini-games and customizing your animal avatars to decorating your own virtual home and meeting new friends. Play Now Similar Games Played
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Featuring a brand new and expansive world filled with many different themed locations to explore, Fer.al is an up-and-coming virtual world/MMO adventure game that’s not only kid-friendly but also incredibly entertaining to play. Developed by the very studio behind the popular Animal Jam, you can customize your animal avatars in this game, decorate your own home and its surroundings, complete fun quests, meet new people and make new friends, and have fun playing the many brain-teasing mini-games.
Unfortunately, the game provides nothing to introduce the game world prior to entering the game so how the magnificent world came to being is a complete mystery, which admittedly fits the game’s mystical-fantasy theme. Beyond the mini-stories you get to enjoy while doing quests, storytelling doesn’t seem to be an important feature in this game unlike a typical MMO.
To start playing, you’ll need to create your animal avatar. The game provides two types of animals you can choose between – a Kitsune or a Senri. You are free to customize and personalize your Kitsune or Senri right after, including accessories or wearables like hats, collars, and tail decorations. You can get more of these items by visiting the shops later once you enter the game proper.
Unlike a typical shop where you can exchange game currency, which is called Likes in Fer.al, for items, in this game, you’ll need to have not only some money to get an item crafted, you’ll also need to have the materials needed to craft said item. This is true for all the items you can “buy” from shops in Fer.al, from wearables to home furniture.
Currency seems easy enough to earn in this game. You can get a sizeable amount of them simply by completing quests, both repeatable (daily) and non-repeatable ones, or you can enjoy playing some mini-games. Leveling up in this game also rewards you with a nice pile of Likes that you can then spend.
Mini-games come in many different forms in Fer.al, but most of them are pretty puzzle-based and has some interesting game designs. There’s the “What the Hex?” game which is a Tetris-like puzzle game where you’ll rotate runes and place them on a hex-based grid to match them up and earn combos. There are even betting-based games like the dice-based, Yatzy-inspired Queens’ Duel and card-based Four Crows where players can choose to double their bet for the next round if they win.
However, my ultimate favorite is definitely the puzzle game called Twiggle Builders. This game features interesting assembly-line-style puzzles where the goal is to connect the supply station with the workstations and the end product chute as efficiently as possible. There are up to 100 levels at the moment, which is plenty to enjoy and I reckon there would be more levels to come.
There’s actually another alchemy-based mini-game in Fer.al called the “Sketchbook” where you can discover new “enigmas” (or elements if you’re familiar with alchemy-style games) by combining 3 different “sketches”. You can find new sketches by talking to NPCs or finding them in the wild while exploring, but unfortunately, it’s rather hard to find a new enigma since logic doesn’t seem to play a part in this gameplay. Luck is key here. I should also point out that this mini-game doesn’t seem to reward Likes but you’ll get to unlock more stuff as you discover more enigmas.
Now, the other major gameplay feature in Fer.al is the exploration and material-gathering. You see, each zone in Fer.al’s game world has its own set of resources that you can collect whether on land or underwater. For example, in Blood Tundra, you can get “body parts”-based materials like femurs and blood-themed items like Venom Globules. Materials come in different “quality” or “grades”, ranging from common (white) to rare (blue) to unique (purple). Naturally, cooler items will usually cost you unique materials which can be harder to get.
Another aspect of exploration is the treasure chest-hunting. Each zone seems to randomly spawn treasure chests that you can then open with lockpicks. You can collect lockpicks for free by keeping an eye out for sparkling spots on the ground. Once you have at least 1 lockpick in hand and a chest nearby, you can then play the challenging lockpick mini-game where you’ll need to time your clicks to get the lockpick through the gap between rapidly-moving circles. Chests come in different grades too with higher quality chests having a chance of dropping better quality items but you’ll have to pick more locks to get to the loot.
There are also NPCs you can talk to in this game. Most of them talk about random stuff in their live or about the events that are happening, but there are some that have more interesting stuff to say. For instance, in Sunken Thicket, there’s an NPC called Faust who will tell you your Planet Fer.al’s Star Sign after asking you to answer a series of questions.
Due to all the travelling you’ll probably be doing, Fer.al has a series of 3 teleportation pads scattered around each zone, allowing you to easily move about within the same zone or even between different zones. There are even fast travel options, accessible through these teleportation pads, to shops and mini-games, as well as to your Sanctuary.
“A Sanctuary you say? What’s that?” Similar to Animal Jam, Fer.al gives players a small cozy place to call their own, dubbed the Sanctuary. Here, players will get a default starter house along with some default hedges around it. From here, you are free to decorate your home plot as you see fit, both inside the house and outside it. There are helpful Twiggles nearby to help you upgrade your Sanctuary and home as well, but like everything you can buy in this game, you’ll need both Likes and sufficient materials before you can do so.
That said, I’ve noticed that the game doesn’t really allow you to interact with your furniture most of the time. The most you can do is to turn on or off the lamp. You can’t sit your avatar on a chair, nor get it to lay down on the bed. This doesn’t bode well for a game that encourages role-playing. However, this might be one of the items on the devs’ to-do list – Fer.al is still an early access game after all! – so fingers-crossed that this is something that will be implemented soon.
Another great feature I’d like to point out is the photo mode. As a fairly photogenic player, I’m delighted to know that I can get rid of all the interface and icons and take really awesome pictures of the environs or even of my friends as we play the game. Though, I’ve got to say that the quality of the screenshot leaves something to be desired. It could probably use a resolution increase.
Since I checked out Fer.al during the Christmas season, I’m also happy to note that the game takes its special occasions very seriously. Dubbed as the Frostfete, this event brings a host of exclusive festive items, most of which are for a limited time only. The entire city of Fera is also well-decked out in festive cheer, a nice change from its usual darker outlook.
Being an early access game, Fer.al isn’t a game without its flaws. For example, I’ve noticed spikes in latency which stuttered my screen especially when I’m moving. Content-wise, the game still has some ways to go, especially once you reached a certain level in the game and have experienced and completed everything the game has to offer.
The game is also a freemium game, which isn’t exactly such a bad thing in of itself. You can buy quite a lot of exclusive items, such as a dragon avatar, ingredient bundles, and much cooler Sanctuary designs, for star fragments, the premium currency in Fer.al. There’s also a premium season pass on offer (900 star fragments) where you’ll unlock access to Tier Challenges which will provide extra exclusive rewards like the Kirin and the Voyager Sanctuary. Note that this pass is only valid for a particular season and will require a re-purchase once a new season rolls in.
Since the game is a virtual world MMO, Fer.al is, at its core, a very social game. Here, you have a social tab where you can add friends to your friend list and interact with them by trading, chatting, visiting their Sanctuaries, or just hanging out with them in the game world.
This is also the tab where you can check how many followers you have. Similar to a typical social media in some ways, Fer.al allows players to follow another player whether it is because of their wit, humor or wicked sense of fashion. Following someone allows you to easily keep track of players you know at a distance but would like to get to know better. Potential friends, basically. Players can also block other players that they deem are troublesome in any way.
In addition to the incredible world-building and atmosphere, Fer.al has some pretty good graphics that are well-suited for most 1080p and lower PCs and devices (note that the game will also be available on Android and iOS mobile devices soon). However, the game doesn’t support 4k resolution (Got capped at around 2732x1536px) and the visuals do end up looking rather pixelated as a result.
The music is designed to be relaxing as well and it fits well with the mystical theme of the game. However, there were times in my playthrough when music from a different area of a zone played concurrently with the music in the current area I’m in. The resulting cacophony can be easily “fixed” by teleporting elsewhere but this is obviously a glitch that the devs should probably look into.
In a nutshell, despite being just an early access game, Fer.al is already everything a player who has moved on from Animal Jam would love. This free-to-play virtual world MMO offers a vast and incredible world to explore, lots of fun and exciting things to do, and many new players to meet and make friends with. Plus, the game is available on both PC and mobile devices too, so players can experience the game whenever and wherever they like.